Seven Cheapest AWD Vehicles

By on December 2, 2014

#6 Mitsubishi Lancer

It can be challenging to find an affordable, mid-sized AWD sedan. That’s why the Mitsubishi Lancer made it on our list. Starting at $21,000, it is definitely an affordable option and with AWD at the switch of a button, it will protect you on icy roads.

The vehicle’s AWD system is really an all wheel control (AWC). Drivers can opt for front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or a “Lock” mode that keeps the rear wheels continuously engaged.

A fuel economy of 22 city/ 29 highway is average for a vehicle of this size and is not particularly impressive. Nonetheless, when you only drop $21,000 you won’t need to save so much on fuel costs.

Power, Cost, Efficiency:

  • MSRP: From $20,995
  • MPG: 22 city/ 29 highway
  • Horsepower: 168 HP
  • Engine: 2.4 L

#5 Jeep Compass

Power, Cost, Efficiency:

  • MSRP: From $20,995
  • MPG: 22 city/ 27 highway
  • Horsepower: 172 HP
  • Engine: 2.4 L

The Jeep Compass is priced at a reasonable $21,000 for the AWD option and is more importantly backed by Jeep’s trail-rated system, meaning it is ready to tackle snow, mud, sand, rocks, you name it.

Some drivers have complained that the Compass lacks driving power and can handle a little roughly.

Nonetheless, when it comes to offroading and driving in inclement weather, the Compass is high performing.

The AWD Jeep Compass models are fitted with the automakers Freedom Drive I and II systems. Both systems provide Brake Traction Control and Electronically Controlled Coupling, which monitors wheel slippage and transfers torque where it is needed most. The difference in the Freedom Drive II is that it includes an available Off-Road mode with Hill Descent Control for particularly challenging off-road driving.


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